England will begin their World Cup campaign against Italy at the Arena Amazonia late on Saturday evening. If England are to reach the knock-out phase, they must navigate their way through Group D, which also contains Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.
Hodgson, speaking at his first news conference in Rio de Janeiro confirmed skipper Steven Gerrard is fit to face Italy.
He said: “I don’t really understand that one”
“Yesterday we did a training session where the players who played [against Honduras on Saturday] did a warmdown session, and I worked with the nine who didn’t take part.
“My understanding is that the other group did some extra work at the end of the session and there is absolutely nothing wrong with Steven — so I didn’t really understand that story at all.”
“He did very well,” he said. “He was running, admittedly in straight lines. We will step up his training programme in the course of this week.
“There is no guarantee, but the medics are hoping that, by the second game [vs. Uruguay on June 19], he could be fit.”
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HODGSON Roy Coach (ENG)
Predicted starting XI:
Raheem Sterling is expected to start in the number 10 role after impressing the England staff. Rooney will start on left with Daniel Sturrdige leading the attack. Jordan Henderson will start in the central midfield along with club teammate and skipper Steven Gerrard. Glen Johnson will keep his place in the side after few poor performances both for club and country.